The Jeffrey Sachs Center on Sustainable Development is borne out of a partnership between the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation and the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network Association (SDSN); a strategic collaboration on sustainable development as the United Nations enters the first year of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals. Built on the Millennium Development Goals set previously by the United Nations, the 17 goals encompass a sweeping agenda to free the human race from poverty, realize human rights and gender equality as well as to heal and secure our world. These goals were introduced at the UN Sustainable Development Summit on 25 September 2015 to stimulate global action over the next 15 years.
The Jeffrey Sachs Center will be hosted in Sunway University Malaysia with the support of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, as a regional center of excellence that advances SDG achievement in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. The center will be a hub for research and policy practice, creating world-class programs to train a new generation of students, practitioners and policy leaders and develop linkages with major universities in Malaysia and around the world solving problems related to the SDGs.